Australia Ep.18: Party and Thoughts

Sorry if i missed yesterday’s update but after a tough week we had a great party that started at the bivouac with the prize giving dinner and then ended up in some pub in Kalgoorlie where there were pretty strange people that danced like idiots…. had a lot of fun especially with all the Husaberg Team. In the end as always i had no idea where i was gonna sleep and ended up in JP’s and Damo’s hotel (Thanks guys!!) and it was so good to have a bed after 7 days sleeping on the floor!!!! In the morning had a good muffin for breakfest, went to visit Garry at hospital and came back to Perth. Now i’m at Andrew’s house (my mechanic) in Perth with him and his beautiful family, had a good australian pizza, shower and here i am in the bed with a milion thoughts i want to share with you.

To start with its been on the whole one of the best experiences of my life coming to Australia and compete in the Safari Rally. This race is so much different from all the races i ever did that it took me a bit to adapt at riding so fast for so many km, furthermore also the navigation is quite different, most of the times the roads you can’t really see them! This year i had the chance to race all the World Championship and beleive me i never rode a race this tough, not so much physically but mentally. In my opinion the Australasian Safari is the best training for Dakar because in all means it is sort of a half-dakar. The best thing of this Rally have been all the new people that i’ve met, all with such a great passion for this sport starting from Justin Hunt and all the organization crew which have always put a big effort throughout the entire race and have accepted also the critics as a demonstration of their will to improve this rally. The Team Husaberg unfortunately has had a bad luck with almost all the riders injured but it was really fantastic being part of this team, it felt all the time like family with everyone with a constant smile on their faces and ready to help out. I was unlucky from the start but i hope with all my heart to come back next year and make a good result! To end with the sunset here is something unique, there are no words to describe the beauty of watching it every day. Now i go to bed cos i’m tired and in pain for my injuries!

BIG NEWS! I enjoyed and liked so much Australia that i want to seriously come and live and train here for 6-12 months and after the Dakar i will search for a job here, so if anyone has any suggestions i’d really appreciate the help!


About the Author
Born on the 20/07/1988 in Italy i started racing motocross at the age of 6yrs and for many years competed in the italian motocross and supercross championship. In 2004 just for fun i tried racing in Enduro and Rallies and incredibly the same year i turned pro! Now at the age of 23 i am racing for Husaberg in the world rallies championship and heading to the Dakar in 2012. Together with my sport career i also write as journalist/bike tester for an Enduro Magazine and also study business and management at college.
  1. Cyril Reply

    Hi Manny, it’s been great following your adventures online. Beter luck next time and I’m sure you will chalk it all up to very good experience.

    If you like Australia, wait until you visit and ride in South Africa… you will do your nut. I’m sure you can easily hook up with the Ktm / Husa boys in SA. Chris Birch has settled in nicely. Come and ride the Roof of Africa.

    Ciao from Abu Dhabi

  2. Manuel Lucchese Reply

    Hey thanks for following me!!! :) i will continue to update my blog even now the race has finished because i have so much work to do to organize my Dakar!!!

    I’d love to see South Africa, eventhough i’m trying in my little to become one day a rider i like to identify myself more like an explorer!!! Racing really brings you around the world and see magnificent places that one wouldn’t even imagine they exist!!!! I have never been to South Africa but i’ve heard all good stories! Hope that one day i will get the chance to go and hey i will try to come to the Desert Challenge next year, will you be there as well?? If you ever pop up in Italy write to me and i will be happy to show you around and maybe take you for a ride!


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